Welcome to KCDN

This is KCDN, an Environmental Management, Economic Empowerment and Poverty Eradication Civil Society.

We welcome you to our site. Kindly feel free to share with us your thoughts. Ideas that add value will be appreciated. Ideas that want to make us improve our physical environment will be welcome. And more so, ideas that redirect us from the lost cause will be of immense value.

It is us who will improve the lot of our Environment, our Economy and make Kenya a Clean Country, where People join hands to work for our own Economic Emancipation and where Municipal Solid Waste Management is looked at as a resource, not as waste.

We need to set the standards in this region of the World and become the referral point in how a people can join hands and work for their own Economic Liberation, where waste can be used as raw material and become a source of employment for our people.

Our collective actions will surely make a difference. This is why in partnership with our Key Strategic Partners- The Public Service Transformation Department, the National Environment Management Authority, the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,other key Ministries, the Local Authorities in Kenya, the Provincial Administration, A Better World, Akiba Uhaki Foundation and other Partners, we are moving deliberately in sensitizing and mobilizing Kenyans to work towards A Clean Kenya where waste is separated at source.

And this is why we are inviting Kenyans to join with us in The Clean Kenya Campaign and be a Member of Kimisho Sacco Society Ltd


Odhiambo T Oketch,
Team Leader & Executive Director,
Tel; 0724 365 557,
Email; komarockswatch@yahoo.com, kimishodevelopment@gmail.com
Website; www.kcdnkenya.org.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Launch of the KCDN Website

Speech by Hon Robinson Njeru Githae, EGH, Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development on the occasion of the Launch of the KCDN Website on 20th April 2011 at Charter Hall.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I wish to convey my appreciation and that of the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development on this auspicious occasion as you launch your organization’s website.

Mr Brian Ouma- CEO Daisys Eye Cancer Fund and Odhiambo T Oketch witnessing the launch of the KCDN Website.
It is gratifying to note that your organization has taken steps in keeping with the provisions of our new constitution particularly in ensuring the right to a clean and healthy environment in their neighbourhoods.
I have been informed that your organization has already undertaken clean-up in Nairobi and Mombasa and eventually rolling out to other urban centres in Kenya. This is very encouraging as it enhances entrenchment of culture of citizen responsibility for cleaning their immediate neighbourhoods and business places.
                                     Dr Matunda Nyachama launching the KCDN Website 
As a Ministry, we encourage you to continue involving neighbourhood groups in clean-up activities as this helps create awareness on the benefits of a clean environment. I know through these activities, you have greatly helped the residents of Nairobi and other urban centres realize that solid waste is a resource and not necessarily a disposal problem.
                                                       Welcome to www.kcdnkenya.org
It is encouraging that your clean-up activities take place on the 4th Saturday of every month which is in tandem with my Ministry’s clean-up programme already scheduled in the Metropolitan Region. We are open to collaborate with you as well as other like minded organizations in this endevour.
As I conclude my remarks, let me assure you that the government is very committed to addressing the issues of solid waste management in the Metropolitan Region to mitigate against the effects of rapid increase in population. As Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development, we have held eighteen (18) clean-up exercises within the Metropolitan Region since September 2009.
                             Entertainment troup- African Sakata Acrobats during the launch
Accept my congratulations for launching your website as this marks a great milestone in your organization.
Thank you.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Environmental stewardship towards sustainable development

A presentation by Odhiambo T Oketch during the Gala Night for Daystar University Environmental Initiative Club on 1st April 2011.
1st April 2011
Last year, the Government headed to Mau Forest to start what the Rt Hon Prime Minister said was going to be the beginning of a campaign that was going to see us restoring our forest cover to 10% in 10 years.
This indeed took place and today, 15 Months down the line, what can we place our hands on as tangible evidence that indeed we have planted so many Trees all across Kenya? I was hence very excited when I was invited to come and talk about ‘Environmental stewardship towards sustainable development’. In approaching this topic, there are 6 very cardinal issues that we ought to address in our efforts at environmental stewardship, namely;
1] Environmental education; in our mobilization process, we are encouraging the youth and their parents to each become personally responsible for our environment. We must each plant a tree and attend to it. We must each keep clean our water points and stop throwing garbage into the streams. This clogs the rivers and the water points. This is a serious campaign that needs all of us. Let us join hands and in the process, not only focus on Mau, but our immediate environments, our neighbourhoods.
2] Vanishing wetlands; we all know that rain has not been as consistent as it was some times back. This has led to drying up of wetlands. There has also been that threat from invasion by man. What is our collective responsibility in galvanizing the populace to conserving and preserving our wetlands. It is our responsibility to impart information to the youth and the parents in this regard.
3] Flimsy plastic bags; this is the biggest menace affecting our environment. What then is our role in making sure that we dispose of plastic in a manner that becomes environmentally friendly? We must do all that it takes to make the all needed difference. The government also needs to come up with a clear policy on manufacture of flimsy plastic bags. In the same vein, the government must also enforce rules on disposal of such paper. Can we attach instant fines to all those caught in the act of degrading our environment?

4] Clearing of vegetation on road reserves; it must be our responsibility to plant and water trees along road reserves. In the East of Nairobi we have concrete jungles competing for all space. In an estate like Komarock, the road sides are all tarmac and it becomes very tricky planting trees. But it is our responsibility as Kenyans to ensure that we plant trees along the roads and in our compounds. This is the drive that we are carrying on this year and we call upon all people of goodwill to join us in this exercise. Let us all make it our responsibility. And at KCDN, we are sensitizing both the youth and our parents on this need.
5] Rain water harvesting; Kenya has been procrastinating with this for ever. Just after Independence, we used to have lots of rain. Compared with the trends now, we could predict with certainty when the rains would fall. This calls to mind our planning capacity. It is sad to note that Masinga Dam was built in 1942 and has served Nairobi and the Metropolis with distinction till now. If the government put in some little planning, we would have had various methods of water harvesting and storage. Isn’t it time we put pressure on our government to become serious with planning. We can do it, so let us do it.
6] Conservation of the 5 water towers; for 46 years now, little effort has been put into conserving the water towers by the government. We all know how Mau Forest Complex was given out to politically correct individuals and how that has led to massive rape of the water catchment area. We all know that when Aberdare Ranges was under threat from the government, it was the private sector that came up with a road map to fence the forest and guard against government instigated encroachment. We must all loud Mr. Wilfred Kiboro, formerly the CEO at Nation Media Group for doing a sterling job in this. Kenyans must all join and help guard against government instigated encroachments into the 5 water towers namely; Mau Forest Complex, Aberdare Ranges, Mt Kenya, Cherengani Hills and Mt Elgon.
We all know that when it comes to environmental destruction, the government has been in the front line. We have forest guards employed by the relevant ministries to guard our forest, yet, the worst forest destructions have been supervised by these people who were meant to safe guard the same forests.
All is not lost at least. If we put our act together now, we can help give life to our children. If we enjoin our children in environmental education now, we will create a future that will be green. If we join hands with the relevant ministries and put them to task, become partners in the process, our guards will not destroy our future any more.
This is why we enjoin Kenyans and the people of the world in also appealing to the Right Hon Prime Minister and the President to lead from the front and help mobilize the people of Kenya through initiatives such as Kazi Kwa Vijana in playing a greater role in creating environmental awareness and conservation. The President should be in the frontline in this effort.                                                                                                        The Kazi Kwa Vijana Initiative if well handled can clean the Nairobi River and help make Nairobi green again. And this is where KCDN comes in. And we have invited Friends of KCDN  to be joining us every 4th Saturday of the Month in cleaning our immediate neighbourhoods all across Kenya under the auspices of the Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.
We owe this to our children.A Clean Kenya Starts With Me.
Peace and blessings. God bless you, God bless Daystar and God Bless Kenya.
Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
Tel; 0724 365 557, 0735 529 126,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

God Firmly in Charge; Successful event

We have arrived in Eldoret safely, only that the Minister for Roads MUST surcharge the road contractor who did the road section just before Timboroa up to Burnt Forest.
I thought the Road contractors had measurable standards for constructing roads. The patch just before Timboroa until you reach Burnt Forest is a clear study of how public funds are wasted in projects that basically show us that someone is sleeping on the job.
Back to our main even of today; Tree Planting at Ngong Hills.

Friends, we were at a loss Friday evening on how we were going to transport the many volunteers that had expressed interest in joining us at Ngong Hills to help plant trees. Amazingly, we had 5 buses and it proved to us once more that God is Firmly in Control.
We must thank the following groups for providing us with transport;
  1. Imani Children Home
  2. Express Connections Ltd
  3. Kenya Wildlife Services
  4. Daystar University and
  5. St Pauls University.
We also want to thank the close to 1,000 volunteers who joined us from;
  1. Nairobi Metrolitan Development Ministry
  2. Imani Children Home
  3. KCDN
  4. MacMedia Africa
  5. Kibera Youth Consortium
  6. Chiromo Environmental Awareness Club- UoN
  7. The Scripture Union
  8. Kenyatta University Environmental Club
  9. SoS Technical
  10. Chini Ya Mnazi
  11. Blessed Youth Group
  12. Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change
  13. Jomo Kenyatta University Students
  14. 350.org
  15. Global Youth Festival
  16. Daystar University Environmental Initiative Club
  17. Rivers of Peace
  18. St Paul University
  19. St James Dam School- Kiserian
  20. Fly 540 staff
  21. Kenya Wildlife Services staff and many more.
We will give a comprehensive list of those who participated on Monday as we post the photos.
I want to sincerely thank all those who made time to help make a difference. We are doing this for Mother Kenya. Let us all join hands and help make a difference.
I must thank the management and pupils of Imani Children Homes for the kind of resilience they showed us. I must thank Mr. Limo- an Assistant Director at Nairobi Metropolitan Development Ministry for having made time to be with us. I must thank the KCDN Team ably led by Mr. Sam Olendo- a Board Member, Florence Kanyua and Evelyn for joining us at the site.
Lastly, I want to sincere also thank the students from the Daystar University Environmental Initiative Club for inviting me as your Chief Guest during your function of last evening at Bonds Garden. Please find herein enclosed the thoughts that I shared with you on 'Environmental stewardship towards sustainable development'.
It is my hope that you will find this refreshing.
A Clean Kenya Starts With Me.
Peace and blessings,

Odhiambo T Oketch
CEO KCDN Nairobi
Nationwide Coordinator - Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign
PO Box 47890-00100,
Nairobi Kenya.
Tel; 0724 365 557 0735 529 126